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White House 'party crashers' sued for failure of wine tour despite 'full payment'
A Virginian woman has sued Michaele and Tareq Salahi for allegedly failing to deliver her a tour of Virginia's wine country even after being paid for it, according to reports. ANI

Who is a Kashmiri patriot?
Those who manage and support what goes on in Jammu and Kashmir established a political culture that suited their agenda; ANI

China may relax 'one child policy' to address population's 'ageing' concerns
China is planning to ease its 'one child' policy in some provinces over concerns about country's ageing population. ANI

Musharraf says he will return to Pakistan in March 2012
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, who is currently in self-exile, has announced that he will finally return to Pakistan on March 23, 2012. ANI

IMF mission to visit Pakistan tomorrow
A special mission of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will arrive in Islamabad tomorrow to hold talks with Pakistani officials. ANI

Brit teen defeats logic by cycling across 75ft deep lake
A British schoolboy crossed the 75ft-deep lake Buttermere in Cumbria on his bike to raise money for victims of the 2009 floods in the area. ANI

'US helping Pak cope with its ongoing energy crisis'
The coordinator for non-military United States assistance to Pakistan, Robin Raphel, has said the Obama administration is playing the role of a catalyst to help Pakistan cope with its ongoing energy crisis. ANI

Young women urged to strip 'for Vladimir Putin to be Russian president'!
In a bid to support Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in a presidential vote, an online campaign has been launched urging young women to support him by taking off their clothes. ANI

Marine's diary reveals bizarre order to UK troops in Afghanistan
Soldiers were banned from shooting Taliban fighters planting mines to avoid waking Afghan locals, a former Royal Marine has revealed. ANI

M and S scraps ads featuring Twiggy, Minogue, VV Brown to revamp its appeal
Marks and Spencer has scrapped a set of ads that included model Twiggy, former X-factor judge Dannii Minogue and singer VV Brown in a bid to revamp its appeal. ANI

General Allen takes over Afghan command from Petraeus
General John Allen took over the command of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan from General David Petraeus today. ANI

1 in 3 workers lie to their boss for sick leave, finds study
A research has revealed that one in three workers admit to taking time off under false pretences. ANI

Even 2 minutes of queuing can drive people mad!
People lose their patience within just two-and-a-half minutes of getting stuck in a queue, a new study has revealed. ANI

Putin pressured Abramovich to include Kazak president's grandson in Chelsea squad
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was asked to put pressure on Roman Abramovich to help the grandson of Kazak President Nursultan Nazarbayev find a place in the Chelsea youth team, the boy's father has revealed. ANI

Queen 'going green with power generated by River Thames'
With the emphasis on energy conservation and pollution-free environment gaining momentum around the world, the British Queen is leading from the front by going green and tapping renewable energy sources. ANI

Brit Town Halls grilling families with intrusive 'sex lives' questionnaires
Millions of families in Britain are being routinely grilled by town halls with intrusive 'diversity' questionnaires asking about their private lives, including sexual orientation, disabilities, religion ethnicity and employment. ANI

Gadkari calls for strong global framework against terrorism
Expressing concern over the recent serial blasts in Mumbai, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari has called upon the international community to join hands to strengthen the global framework against terrorism. ANI

Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom left unhurt in NY car crash
Khloe Kardashian and husband Lamar Odom were involved in a serious car accident in New York last week after their car rammed into a motorcycle and a teen pedestrian. ANI

Massive use of pesticides poses major threat to domestic grain output in China
The massive use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers in China has led to a severe deterioration of arable soil and poses a major threat to domestic grain output. ANI

Queen invites Kate to Balmoral for family holiday with in-laws
The Queen has invited the Duchess of Cambridge to Balmoral to "get to know her" claims Royal author Ingrid Seward. ANI

Kate Middleton warned of Royal snub for being too popular
The Duchess of Cambridge has received warnings that she must not be "too showbiz" like Princess Diana, as that might incur the wrath of the older Royals. ANI

Flying car to soar in UK skies in just 5 years time!
The flying car concept has been around for decades, but has never really seemed to get off the ground. But soon, it may become a reality. ANI

South Korea, US to stage joint military drill next month
South Korea and the United States will stage an annual joint military exercise next month near the disputed sea border with North Korea. ANI

Hina Rabbani to be new Pak Foreign Minister
Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has reportedly approved a summary to promote Hina Rabbani Khar as Foreign Minister. ANI

What keeps the Earth cooking? 44 trillion watts of continuous heat!
We all know that the Earth runs on massive amounts of heat - enough to melt iron in the outer core, create magnetic field, spread the sea floors and move the continents. However, where all this heat comes from was a mystery until now. ANI

Long-lost love letter to US college student reaches him 53 years late
A long-lost love letter to a US college student is being sent to him after more than 50 years. ANI

BBC blows 1 million pounds on actors to teach bosses management skills
The BBC has spent nearly one million pound for hiring actors to teach bosses how to polish their management skills and how deal with difficult employees, including those who refuse to move to its new northern base in Salford. ANI

Obama's 'commercial appeal remains robust'
Though US President Barack Obama's approval ratings on the economy are slipping, he continues to garner consumer interest with his presidential merchandise surpassing that of any previous president. ANI

Lakshmi swimwear creator says she has learned a lesson
Lisa Burke, designer-owner of Lisa Blue Swimwear, whose Lakshmi swimwear upset Hindus worldwide in May, reportedly says that she has learned a lesson. ANI

New video shows Taliban executing 16 Pak policemen
The Taliban has released a video showing its fighters executing 16 Pakistani policemen, the Pakistan army has said. ANI

New Orleans Museum to exhibit Hindu deities in bronze
New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) in New Orleans (Louisiana, USA) will display Hindu deities in bronze in an exhibition titled "The Elegant Image" from August 5 to October 23. ANI

Coffees claiming to perk up your sex life can actually be Viagra clones
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is warning people not to consume caffeine-based drinks, as they may contain ingredients similar to the drug Viagra. ANI

GOP hopeful wants ban on mosque construction across US
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has said that voters across the country should have the right to prevent Muslims from building mosques in their communities. ANI

Poet jailed for reciting pro-democracy poem claims she was tortured by Bahraini royal
A 20-year-old Bahraini poet Ayat al-Gormezi has claimed that she was repeatedly beaten by a female member of the al-Khalifa royal family, when she was in prison for reciting a poem at a pro-democracy protest rally. ANI

Obama-Dalai Lama meeting blatant interference in China's internal affairs: North Korea
North Korea has slammed United States President Barack Obama's meeting with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, calling it an interference in China's internal affairs. ANI

Obama honours Mandela on 93rd birthday, calls him 'beacon for global community'
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have congratulated former South African president Nelson Mandela on the eve of his 93rd birthday, calling the civil rights leader a "beacon for the global community." ANI

Taliban claims responsibility for killing Hamid Karzai's adviser
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the overnight killing of Jan Mohammad Khan, one of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's top advisers, in Kabul. ANI

Strauss-Kahn 'bedded 3 women' the same weekend he assaulted NY hotel maid
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn had sex with three women the same weekend he allegedly assaulted a New York hotel maid, it has emerged. ANI

Doctor's deny Mubarak's coma claim
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is reportedly in stable condition after doctors at the Sharm el- Sheikh hospital denied claims that he was in coma. ANI

Petraeus to hand over Afghanistan command to Lieutenant General Allen today
General David Petraeus, the outgoing commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, will formally transfer authority to incoming commander Lieutenant General John Allen today. ANI

Israel-made weapons being used for Karachi violence: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that miscreants were using Israel-made weapons for fomenting unrest in Karachi. ANI

'All evidence against Musharraf in Bugti murder case lost'
All documentary evidence against former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in the Akbar Bugti murder case has been lost, a lawyer pleading on behalf of Bugti's eldest son, Jamil, has said. ANI

Brazil to build nuke submarines to become 'Big Brother' of region
Brazil has started work on a nuclear submarine programme making it the first South America nation to possess nuke vessels in the near future. ANI

UK Police Chief quits over links with NOTW editor in phone hacking scam
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson has resigned over his links to a former British newspaper editor caught up in the phone-hacking scandal. ANI

Pak assures 'full assistance to India' to nab culprits behind 13/7 Mumbai blasts
Pakistan has assured India of its cooperation in investigations to unearth militants involved in last Wednesday's triple bombings in Mumbai, which claimed the lives of 19 people and injured over 130 others. ANI

Gaddafi 'running out of commanders'
Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi appears to be running short of commanders. ANI

Egypt cabinet reshuffled in wake of pro-democracy protests
Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf has reshuffled his cabinet, sacking his ministers of finance, industry and foreign affairs, following pro-democracy protests. ANI

India pursuing joint ventures with Canada to sell nuclear reactors in new markets: Report
India is reportedly pursuing a lucrative partnership with Canada to sell nuclear reactors in new markets. ANI

Malay Indian Congress wants 'Indian units' in Govt. departments to tackle community's issues
The Malay Indian Congress has asked the Government to set up 'Indian Units' in several departments to solve the issues of the community. ANI

Cleveland Museum in US displays Hindu deities
The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) in Cleveland (Ohio, USA) is presenting images of various Hindu deities in an exhibition 'Indian Kalighat Paintings' through September 18. ANI

Alison Jackson finds perfect bum lookalike of Pippa Middleton
Artist and satirical photographer Alison Jackson, who has been searching for a perfect double of Pippa Middleton's bottom, has finally discovered it after strenuous auditions. ANI

Quake Global and BIGmate Monitoring Services Announce New Integrated M2M Modem and Software Asset Tracking and Monitoring Solution
Quake Global, Inc. (“QUAKE”) and BIGmate Monitoring Services Pty Ltd (“BIGmate”) have announced their partnership to bring BIGmate’s dynamic telematics application to QUAKE’s new line of next generation Machine-to-Machine (“M2M”) satellite and dual mode modems Business Wire India

O3b Networks Completes Satellite Critical Design Review with Thales Alenia Space
O3b Networks Limited, the developer of a new fiber quality, satellite-based, global Internet backbone announced today successful completion of the Critical Design Review (CDR) of the Constellation Space Segment Business Wire India

Terror Attacks Underscore Need for Cohesion, Deeper Strategic Ties: USIBC
A provocative series of deadly blasts in Mumbai, occurring just days prior to the arrival in India of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, underscore the urgency to share technology, intelligence, as well as to mobilize resolve to track down and defeat a common enemy: terror, says USIBC. Business Wire India

Garmin® Ltd. Announces Clearance from Germany’s Federal Cartel Office for Acquisition of Navigon® AG
Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN) announced that it has received antitrust clearance from Germany’s Federal Cartel Office in connection with the planned acquisition of privately held navigation provider Navigon AG by a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. The acquisition is expected to be completed on July 26, 2011. Business Wire India

Deutsche Boerse Shareholders Approve Proposed Combination with NYSE Euronext
NYSE Euronext (NYSE:NYX) announced that Deutsche Boerse AG (XETRA DB1) has notified the Company that Deutsche Boerse shareholders have approved the proposed combination with NYSE Euronext. According to final results disclosed by Deutsche Boerse, 82 Business Wire India

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